A Mile Until Dawn

by 'Les Paul's' (The Paul's)

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A Mile Until Dawn by ‘Les Paul’s’ (The Paul’s)

Just like day follows night, on (A Mile Until) Dawn the idea was to start the album off as it had finished on Night (Worker) with a fast driving Rock song. On Night it was ‘Down, Down, Down’ on Dawn it was ‘There’s Nothing New Under The Sun’ and I guess we tried to include all that passes for living on the album for as we know from Ecclesiastes 1:9, really, ‘There is Nothing New (Under The Sun)’!
On the album you have songs of abandonment (Left Me Feeling Cold), being betrayed (You Just Kiss And Tell), all the confusion, disillusionment and deceit in today’s world (A Thousand Eyes) to sadness, missing and death (Anna Frank), of ex lovers you can’t forget (I Knew You Once), to the almost comical tongue-in-cheek humour (Don’t Kick Me When I’m Down), for even in the darkness there might be light, must be some humour. In this world we bear the consequences of unprotected sex (No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk) to the realization that no matter what we do as ‘We Were All Born To Die’. Tracks 5 & 9 deal with a subject that is always with us, sadly always was and will always be and that is child abuse where in the song(s) the child victim, now an adult confronts his/her abuser.

A short synopsis of the album’s songs:-
1. ‘There’s Nothing New’ is a hard driving pop rock song reminding us all that it has all been said and has all been done before.

2. ‘Don’t Kick Me When I’m Down’ is a humorous tongue-in-cheek rock song in the style of Status Quo about asking not to be kicked when already down.

3. ‘A Mile Until Dawn’ is the album’s title track and is a rock song in the style of U2 about trying to make it through in the face of adversity to the dawn of a new day.

4. ‘A Thousand Eyes’ is about looking around and seeing all the confusion, disillusionment and deceit in today’s world.

5. ‘You Screwed Me Up’ was recorded as a ‘Radio Friendly’ version of the last track on the album ‘You F-cked Me Up’ that obviously, because of the ‘profane language’, was unlikely to get a lot of radio play. It is a different, less intense version but the message is the same as the meaning as track 9.

6. ‘You Just Kiss And Tell’ is about an ex-lover spreading their former lover’s name and romantic/sexual secrets all over town, maybe even in the newspapers – to recount one's sexual exploits, especially to the media concerning a famous person, the expression was first used in 1695.

7. ‘I Knew You Once’ is about the memory of a tryst with a lover that he cannot forget and he cannot get the lover out of his mind.

8. ‘Anna Frank’ is about a little girl whose tragic plight touched the hearts of so many through her diary that she referred to as ‘Dear Kitty’ that she kept from the age of 13 until her death at the age of 15 at Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Anne’s short life identified her as a single representative of the millions of people who suffered and died as she did because of her religion.

9. ‘You F-cked Me Up’ is a Hard Rock song about an abused child finally confronting their abuser as an adult through this song, it is very intense and emotional and hopefully will impact on the listener the pain and suffering endured for the rest of their lives by the child victims of sexual abuse.

10. ‘We Were All Born To Die’ is a simple but obvious statement that indeed, as we have witnessed with some of our media idols, that no matter who or what you are, you too will one day die.

11. ‘No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk’ is a song advocating safe sex to avoid the unpleasant and sometimes fatal consequences of unprotected sex.

12. ‘Left Me Feeling Cold’ is about a holiday romance where the lover suddenly departs without warning leaving him feeling cold and abandoned.

Paul Robert Thomas

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released March 29, 2017

Music composed & performed by Paul Odiase
Lyrics by Paul Robert Thomas at at www.facebook.com/PaulonPaul.
Visit the album's official page at www.paullyrics.com/album/a-mile-until-dawn and the 'A Mile Until Dawn' merchandise shop at amileuntildawn.dizzyjam.com.

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'Les Paul's' (The Paul's) are a prolific dynamic song writing duo of ex-Londoners, singer songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and actor Paul Odiase and song lyricist Paul Robert Thomas. Check them out at at www.facebook.com/PaulonPaul.
Read all about 'Les Paul's' (The Paul's at 12notes.co/2017/04/05/les-pauls-the-pauls.
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Track Name: There's Nothing New
There’s Nothing New

Come to me/here from there
Bend your ear/if you care
Man is bad/man is good
I'd say more/if I could
It's not new/what I speak
But you'll find/if you seek

It's all been said and it's all been done
There's nothing new under the sun
Nothing new under the sun

Since the world/came to be
Man has tried/to be free
He has failed/all through time
As he walks/down the line
He must rule/that's his way
Be in charge/come what may

With his hands and/rule of the gun
There's nothing new under the sun
No, no, nothing new under the sun
Nothing new under the sun

There’s nothing new under the sun
There's only one
There's only one
Nothing new under the sun
There's only one
There's only one
Under the sun, under the sun

Sold your soul/for hot cash
But it's spent/in a flash
What's there left/as night falls
As your past/starts to call
You can change/it's not late
See the light/change your fate

So much got lost/more can be won
There's nothing new under the sun
Nothing new under the sun
No, nothing new under the sun
There’s nothing new under the sun
No, no, there’s nothing new
No, no, there’s nothing new
No, no, there’s nothing new
No, no, there’s nothing new
No, no, there’s nothing new
No, no, there’s nothing new
No, no, there’s nothing new
So much got lost/more can be won
There’s nothing new under the sun
There’s nothing new under the sun

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Don't Kick Me When I'm Down
Don’t Kick Me When I’m Down

Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
When I’m down

Sometimes I don’t care what people think
Sometimes they try to kick up a stink
Kicking up all the old dirt
Kicking up all the old pain and hurt

But what you do makes me frown
Please don’t kick me when I’m down
No, don’t kick me when I’m down

I left Mary a long time ago
The sun went down on us both you know
I just couldn’t play that game no more
Now she’s back knocking at the door

I won’t repent I won’t let her in
She could never forgive all my sins
I never ever meant to be bad
Until it’s gone you don’t know what you had

Don’t spread my name all over town
Please don’t kick me when I’m down
When I’m down

I knew someone else from up north
From somewhere near the Firth of Forth
She was a Pagan in every sense
The atmosphere with her was always tense

I knew her sister for a while
But she would spit and had no style
She left me with a shake of her fist
And with a great big Glasgow kiss

I’ll go down without a sound
Please don’t kick me when I’m down
No, don’t kick me when I’m down
Please don’t kick me when I’m down
No, don’t kick me when I’m down

But what you do makes me frown
Please don’t kick me when I’m down
No, don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down

Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down
Don’t kick me when I’m down

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: A Mile Until Dawn
A Mile Until Dawn Lyrics
Take off your dirty halo
Your broken wings too
Stoke up the volcano
I got something to say to you
I got something to say to you

Your hat’s full of confetti
Red poppies on the graves
Reading the tombstone graffiti
Fading from another age
From another age

There is no time to mourn
We’ve got a mile until dawn

There’s Ravens in the cornfield
There’s gamblers on the streets
Looking for a good deal
To help them fall on their feet

Getting fat on big words
Swallowing all they say
But they’ve been misheard
On this Memorial Day

No refuge from the storm
And still a mile until dawn
A mile until dawn
A mile until dawn

Running over rooftops
A faked crash scene below
Baiting the riot cops
Who sold out long ago

Nuns seeking asylum
Truth’s in short supply
Prison inmates smiling
Wearing that old school tie
That old school tie

So many still to warn
Only a mile until dawn
So many still to warn
Only a mile until dawn
So many still to warn
Only a mile until dawn
So many still to warn
Only a mile until dawn

Take off your dirty halo
Your broken wings too
Stoke up the volcano
I got something to say to you
I got something to say to you

Your hat’s full of confetti
Red poppies on the graves
Reading the tombstone graffiti
Fading from another age

There is no time to mourn
We’ve got a mile until dawn
We’ve got a mile until dawn
We’ve got a mile until dawn
A mile until dawn

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: A Thousand Eyes
A Thousand Eyes

Vultures around my head
Feed off things I once said
Things that I didn’t mean

Getting fat on big words
That maybe they’ve misheard
That were never meant to be said

How much more can I take?
How much more can I fake?
In this world full of lies

Keeping my voice low
Everywhere I go
The night has a thousand eyes
The night has a thousand eyes

All this banality
My friend Dorothy
Is such a waste of time

Can’t change their point of view
You know that it’s true
Choke on stale bread and wine

The world is my oyster
It seems to spin faster
But something inside has died

A thousand eyes
A thousand eyes
A thousand eyes

Love is a four letter word
That is often misheard
Love is a four letter word
That is often misheard
Or is better left unsaid

I see empty people
Praying to the steeple
Of the living dead

There’s no one here to lead
No one we can believe
Everyone’s in disguise

A thousand eyes
A thousand eyes

Got an ache in my tooth
From telling all this truth
The night’s got a thousand eyes
The night’s got a thousand eyes

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: You Screwed Me Up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

It’s time to pay back what’s due
What I say to you to me isn’t new
With these games you asked me to play
You screwed me up to this day

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up

All this hurt inside
Can no longer hide
It’s time to let it all out

It’s time to come clean
You know what I mean
I just wanna scream and shout

The abuse I took
Could fill a book
A book that no one will read

For you hurt me there
You didn’t care
As you satisfied your greed

You screwed me up
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
Oh You screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
You screwed me up

They say that time heals
Sounds a great deal
Come here I’ll show you the scars

I want to break free
I must have the key
To be released from these bars

Can I forgive you?
They say I must do
Well maybe I can

Come here I’ll show you the scars
I want to break free
I must have the key
To be released from these bars

Can I forgive you?
They say I must do
Well maybe I can

Maybe you’re not to blame
Maybe you’re just the same
After all you’re just a man

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

Oh how you screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
How you screwed me up
How you screwed me up
Oh how you screwed me up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up
You screwed me up

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: You Just Kiss And Tell
You Just Kiss & Tell

You spread my name all over town
Like it’s butter on your toast
My spirit sticks in your throat
Like some demented ghost

You once were my baby
Do you remember the time
You know we had something
I was yours and you were mine
And you were mine

I’m such a fool
For ever loving anyone
The way I loved you

Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell
Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell
Kiss and tell, kiss and tell

I told you secrets of my heart
When the push came to the shove
You threw them back in my face
What’s this four letter word love

You once were my baby
Do you remember the time
You know we had something
I was yours and you were mine
I was yours and you were mine

I’m such a fool
For ever loving anyone
I was yours and you were mine
I was yours and you were mine

Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell
Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell

I’m such a fool
For ever loving anyone
I was yours and you were mine
I was yours and you were mine

Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell
Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell

Kiss and tell
You kiss and tell on me
You must be very lonely
But poor Little Missie
You’re barking up the wrong tree

It’s water off a ducks back to me
I’ve gone on to some other place
But you’re still stuck in the groove
The music don’t sound the same
Time to flap your wings and move

You once were my baby
Do you remember that time
You really know we had something
I was yours and you were mine

I’m such a fool
For ever loving anyone
The way I loved you
The way I loved you

Now, well, well, well
How you love to kiss and tell
How you love to kiss and tell
How you love to kiss and tell
How you love to kiss and tell
How you love to kiss and tell

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: I Knew You Once
I Knew You Once

I knew you once
I knew you once, not long ago
Maybe it was, I don’t know
Just a spark of you remains
But that spark’s what drives me insane

You went through my universe like a shooting star
You sped on past my window like a souped up car
You were too slick to hold, too fast to see
All that remains is your memory

I just can’t get you out of my head
Can’t get you out of my head
I wish that this memory was dead

I’ve got it all, I don’t need you
Why do you haunt me like you do
You were so good were so bad
You’re the best thing that I ever had

I look for you wherever I may wander to
Who are you with now holding them so close to you
Do they care who you are, or do they see?
As your fire eats them completely

I just can’t get you out of my head
Can’t get you out of my head
I wish that this memory was dead

I knew you once, not long ago
Maybe it was, I don’t know
Just a spark of you remains
But that spark’s what drives me insane

You went through my universe like a shooting star
You sped on past my window like a souped up car
You were too slick to hold, too fast to see
All that remains is your memory
Your memory
Your memory
Your memory

I knew you once, not long ago
Maybe it was, I don’t know
Just a spark of you remains
But that spark’s what drives me insane

You went through my universe like a shooting star
You sped on past my window like a souped up car

I just can’t get you out of my head
Can’t get you out of my head
I wish that this memory was dead

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Anna Frank
Anna Frank

Anna Frank is gone
But her spirit lives on and on

Like an Angel sent from above
Was so full of hope and love
Sent to earth to show the way
She always smiled come what may

Told Kitty and us secrets of her heart
They were friends for life and never would part
Through 2 years together they would stay
They’d be side by side till her dying day

Anna Frank is gone
But her spirit lives on and on

She first wrote as a child, 13 to the day
Much more than a child, wiser in many ways
She wrote from deep within, from inside her soul
Her words rang so true, to inform and console

I been to her house, I been in her room
Hid behind the bookcase like a tomb
Storm clouds and thunder blew in from the East
Anna longed for the day of sunshine and peace

Anna Frank is gone
But her spirit lives on and on

You were the small sister that I never had
When I heard you had gone I felt so sad
They caged your body but not your soul
But the hunger and disease took its toil

You are the reason that I am here
And all the others who perished there
No-one can repay the debt we feel
No-one can make the scars inside heal

If words have wings and forever fly
I know Anna’s watching above from the skies
If words have wings and forever fly
I know Anna’s watching above from the skies

Anna Frank is gone
But her spirit lives on and on
Anna Frank is gone
But her spirit lives on and on
Anna Frank is gone
But her spirit lives on and on

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: You F-cked Me Up (explicit lyrics)
You F-cked Me Up

You fucked me up
You fucked me up

It’s time to pay back what’s due
What I say to you to me isn’t new
With these games you asked me to play
You screwed me up to this day

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
You fucked me up
It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
You fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up

All this hurt inside
Can no longer hide
It’s time to let it all out

It’s time to come clean
You know what I mean
I just wanna scream and shout

The abuse I took
Could fill a book
A book that no one will read

For you hurt me there
You didn’t care
As you satisfied your greed

You fucked me up
You fucked me up

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
You fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up

Oh how you fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
You fucked me up

They say that time heals
Sounds a great deal
Come here I’ll show you the scars

I want to break free
I must have the key
To be released from these bars

Can I forgive you?
They say I must do
Well maybe I can

Maybe you’re not to blame
Maybe you’re just the same
After all you’re just a man

It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
It’s time to take off the gag
And let the cat out of the bag
You fucked me up
Oh how you fucked me up
You fucked me up

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: We Were All Born To Die
We Were All Born To Die

Mama you’re calling, I won’t ask you why
Mama you’re calling, I won’t ask you why
Oh Mama don’t ya sigh, we were all born to die

I’m way down on the floor, I’m crawling for the door
I don’t want any more, what did I come here for?
I’ve no place left to hide, I’ve kept too much inside
I feel so all alone, So far away from home

Mama I’m falling, like the stars fall from the sky
Mama I’m falling, like the stars fall from the sky
But Mama it ain’t no lie, we were all born to die

I tried to do my best, I’m not like all the rest
I tried to keep the rules, was treated like a fool
I been hurt & abused, exploited & misused
So tired of this war, can’t take it any more

Mama I’m falling, cause I reached up too high
Mama I’m falling, cause I reached up too high
But Mama don’t ya cry, we were all born to die

I tried hard to be good, I gave them all I could
But they just took it all, they don’t care if I fall
I feel so much sorrow, I have no tomorrow
There’s so much confusion, all is just illusion

Mama you’re calling, I’ll just say goodbye
Mama you’re calling, I’ll just say goodbye
Oh Mama don’t ask why, we were all born to die

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk
No Use Crying Over Spilt Milk

There's one in the chamber
So look out coz there's danger
Making sure you are protected

Don't wanna become
Another one on the run
Another one who finds themselves infected

You really took her in
And she fell right for your spin
Maybe that's the way it's meant to be

When all is said and done
Sure did have your fun
And moved along your own ways separately

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

Crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk

Beware coz there's always danger
When you're with a stranger
Who knows where anybody's been

A tiller of the land
Must protect his hands
Wears gloves to keep his fingers clean

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

Satisfaction guaranteed
When it comes to fill your needs
But what will be the price you pay?

You can call it a 'cover up'
But at least the sun will come up
On each and other brand new day

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

Once you're done
Once you're done
Once you're done
Once you're done

Once you're done
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

It's no use crying over spilt milk
Crying over spilt milk
It's no use crying over spilt milk
Once you're done

Paul Robert Thomas
Track Name: Left Me Feeling Cold
Left Me Feeling Cold

You just left me feeling cold
You just left me feeling cold

I remember that time
Like a page torn from a book
It's imprinted in my mind
But it fades each time I look

Never would I expect
How it would all fall apart
You were the best I’d met
Till I felt your cold heart

Though I wouldn't say
I needed you to stay
Even though I needed someone to hold
When you were gone
I can't say you did wrong
You just left me feeling cold

We sat down by the sea
Silhouettes at the bar
Only you and me
And the silence of the stars

I felt safe and warm
Till you left me and walked away
A lull before the storm
Rolling in over the bay

Though I wondered why
You never said goodbye
Did you care that you wounded my soul?

I felt no pain
Though it hurted again
You just left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold
I felt no pain
Though it hurted again
You just left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold

You left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold
You left me feeling cold

Paul Robert Thomas